Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Phils acquire pitching prospect Pivetta for Papelbon

The Phillies got into the action approaching the non-waiver trading deadline on Tuesday, dealing closer Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations to the Washington Nationals for righty pitching prospect Nick Pivetta.

Pivetta was the Nats' 4th round draft selection in 2013 out of New Mexico Junior College. The British Columbia native stands 6'5" and is listed at 220 pounds.  He is described as an innings eater and has clean arm action.

This season, the 22-year-old tallied a 7-6 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 6.9 K/9 mark in 18 games (17 starts) at Class A Advanced and Double-A.

The youngster's repertoire features a sinking fastball that ranges from 92 to 95 MPH, a decent curve ball and a developing change up that he's building consistency with. 

The Phillies often make adjustments to their pitchers' grips and deliveries, so expect the organization's coaches to take on Pivetta's offerings and mechanics as a new challenge. 

Papelbon, who posted a 2-1 record with 17 saves and a 1.59 ERA in 37 games this season, agreed to drop his 2016 salary from $13 million to $11 million in order to have the vesting option exercised, so he's under contract for Washington through next season, according to reports.  The veteran hurler recently became the Phils' all-time saves leader and now holds that record with 123.

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